Acting Coventry University


The BA (Hons) Acting degree, in partnership with the world-famous Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, aims to produce proactive professional actors.
The Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) is a professional producing theatre, was Britain’s first theatre in the round, and has premiered over 80 of the plays of acclaimed playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

In this unique partnership, CU Scarborough students will work with SJT professionals at points throughout the programme - including mentoring, observation of professional rehearsals, and participation onstage in a professionally-directed piece for theatre.

Students completing the course will leave with a full suite of skills, experiences and contacts that will allow them to be fully industry-ready.

Year One
Within the first year, students learn in turn to move, speak, plan and then perform. At this stage the course aims to give a practical grounding in physical movement and in the use of an actor’s voice, both drawing upon the work of influential practitioner Rudolf Laban. Students will gain a foundational understanding of their personal methods and styles of communication, helping to locate them as an expressive human.

Students who complete year one are awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Acting.

Year Two
In the second year, the course broadens to include training as a facilitator working in a range of settings, and also expands to include acting for recorded media. Performance project work covers different venues and students will encounter a variety of audiences. At this stage students will develop more sophisticated story telling skills and will draw on their deepening awareness of the communication skills of themselves and others to become more versatile as a performer. The second year will culminate in a performance at the SJT.

Students who complete year two are awarded a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Acting.

Final Year
In the final stage, students will explore contemporary contexts of performance, creating work for public presentation and working on a project as a producing theatre company, creating a public performance to test their ability to manage their own learning. Students will create online professional profiles and explore issues related to self-employment. The course will culminate in a London and regional graduation showcase for invited industry professionals. Students will be able to synthesise theoretical aspects of acting with practical work. This will ensure students graduate with a command of skills at a professional level whilst recognising the need to continue their development as an actor throughout their career.

Students who complete year three are awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Acting.

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